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BEIJING, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- China has emerged as the world leader in applications for patent for invention for seven consecutive years, China's Xinhua news agency reported.


SHEIKHUPURA (Pakistan), Feb 19 (Bernama) -- Former Pakistan prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sunday said he had been removed from the office for pursuing an agenda of development and progress, reported the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP).


CHANGSHA, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- New archaeological discoveries show that people in central China were already eating rice more than 7,000 years ago, reported China's Xinhua news agency.


BEIJING, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- A cold front from northwest is expected to sweep across most parts of China from Tuesday while the rain continues to pour in the south, China's Xinhua news agency quoted the national observatory as saying on Monday.


SEOUL, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday ordered his government to consider all available measures to counter what he called "unfair" US trade safeguards against South Korean products, including a dispute settlement process at the World Trade Organization (WTO), Yonhap news agency reported.


SEOUL, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- Lee Youn-taek, a renowned theatrical writer-director, on Monday apologised to victims of his alleged sexual misconduct spanning at least 18 years, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.


KABUL, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- At least 11 Daesh militants were killed after the Afghanistan Air Force struck their positions in eastern Nangarhar province, the Defence Ministry said on Monday.